On 18 August, a robot made in honour of Prince Yury Dolgoruky will appear in Brateyevsky Park. The five-metre high robot weighing one tonne and having a sword, armour and a red cloak will recreate the well-known image of the founder of Moscow.
The Yury Dolgoruky robot will be one of the main heroes of the International Fireworks Festival that will take place in the park on 19 and 20 August. The robot will tell visitors about the event schedule and will help people get around the park.
According to the festival press service, the robot will be installed on a platform featuring a clock and Slavic ornaments. The diameter of the platform will be about 10 metres. The platform will be moving and the robot will strike every 30 minutes heralding the next festival event. The robot will move its head and arms too. It will be possible to ask Yury Dolgoruky a question and exchange greetings with him.
This year’s theme of the festival is The Seven Hills of Moscow and it is devoted to the upcoming anniversary of the city. The Brateyevsky Park mounds will be named after Moscow’s historical hills.
“With regard to the festival’s theme we decided to make Moscow’s founder, Prince Yury Dolgoruky, the highlight of our programme. Students from the Moscow Institute of Art and Industry helped us assemble the robot,” the festival organisers said. The robot will be installed in the centre of the festival venue and it will be a meeting point for the visitors.
The International Fireworks Festival will take place in Moscow for the third time. Teams from eight countries will let off some 60,000 rockets, which is 10,000 more than last year. Twenty-seven tonnes of pyrotechnics will be used. The fireworks will illuminate the city from a height of 200 metres.
Eight teams will take part: from Russia, Austria, Armenia, Brazil, China, Romania, Croatia and Japan. The first four will perform on Saturday 19 August, the rest on Sunday 20 August. A professional jury will pick three winners and award them with the gold, silver or bronze cups.
Tickets are available for this event here.
Last year, the festival was held on 23 and 24 July and brought together over 200,000 people.